How many people in government, or who have previously been in government, actually play to win, using strategy to consolidate power? I've noticed a tendency of people becoming senior government and simply freezing themselves in position, opposing any sort of ambition. I think part of this problem is that OOC/IC lines have become blurred and people are afraid of being considered "power hungry" or overly ambitious.
For my part, I have no shame in craving power in an IC fashion. According to my ideology, there is nothing wrong in consolidating power within your alliance, so long as the alliance benefits as well. I wonder how many people tire of the arbitrary parliamentary rules of inefficient democracies, and on the other hand, the deadlocked bureaucracies of the autocracies.
If you feel that opportunism and "playing to win" is an important part of the game message me privately. Whenever you are in an environment of risk-adverse politicians, a solid network of ambitious individuals will carry a cutting edge advantage.